According to the CDC, an estimated 80 percent of infections are transmitted by our hands.1 So keeping hands clean is a priority in healthcare facilities. However, constant use of hand cleansers can also dry out skin. That’s what led 3M to create Avagard™ Surgical and Healthcare Personnel Hand Antiseptic, the only hand antiseptic that combines two active ingredients with a lotion to prevent dry, cracked skin. It gently protects healthcare professionals prior to surgery and when caring for high-risk patients.
Modern architecture is all about keeping things clean and simple. That’s why, in many demanding projects, welds, screws and rivets are giving way to 3M™ VHB™ Tapes. These high-strength, double-sided acrylic foam tapes bring a cleaner aesthetic to some of the world’s most fascinating structures. They bond on contact with aluminum, steel, glass, plastics, and painted and powder-coated surfaces. And the bond they create actually builds strength over time.
Why let graffiti do away with your good reputation when you can simply and safely do away with graffiti? Whatever the substance, whatever the surface, 3M’s new graffiti removers clean harder, faster and safer than traditional chemicals, which are often flammable, corrosive and pose a serious health threat. In other words, not only do our graffiti removers protect the aesthetics of your building, they protect the health of your workers and the environment.
Safety is a vital element of everyday life – right down to the surface we stand on. If it’s slippery, a fall can result. A fall, in turn, can lead to injuries, medical costs, lost productivity. In the tortuous world of slips, trips and falls, the toll isn’t just human. Businesses, too, can pay a price – in workers’ compensation costs, lost productivity and damaged reputations. Fortunately, 3M has used its core expertise with abrasives and adhesives to create 3M™ Safety-Walk™ Slip-Resistant Tapes and Treads. These mineral and non-mineral coated products can be applied with ease to floors, stairs, equipment, boat decks, and more, to help put anyone’s safety efforts on surer footing.
It’s clear to see that air pollution is a health risk in many cities in the world. What’s not as clear is that indoor levels of pollutants can be even higher than outdoor levels. This is what led 3M to develop Filtrete™ Home Filtration products. Filtrete products help create a cleaner, fresher environment for you and your family. 3M also helps maintain indoor air quality for commercial buildings with our Commercial Air Filtration systems. So you can enjoy a comfortable atmosphere inside, no matter where your day takes you.
As the demand for clean drinking water increases worldwide, water pipes must remain a safe, reliable means of transporting clean drinking water to homes, schools and businesses. But replacement of aging water pipes puts a financial and logistical strain on cities — this drove 3M to introduce Scotchkote™ brand polymeric linings. They help keep clean water flowing by restoring existing pipe infrastructure, increasing flow, reducing water loss and inihibiting corrosion, all while minimizing water service disruptions.
Managing changing power flows on aging infrastructure is a global challenge, and outages can cost billions of dollars annually. Fortunately, 3M is plugged into energy, creating new possibilities in development and distribution. One example: 3M brand ACCR, an advanced transmission conductor designed to help move more energy more efficiently. With 3M ACCR, power companies can as much as double transmission capacity in existing corridors — with existing structures. It translates into affordable, reliable power for the people.